On Wednesday, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, who credits himself with the invention of bitcoin, demanded that cryptocurrency developers provide him with access to wallets, the keys to which were allegedly stolen from him. One of these addresses (1Feex) reportedly holds 80,000 bitcoins stolen from the Mt. Gox in 2011. Taking advantage of Wright’s acknowledgment of this address, lawyers at Anderson Kill PC took a step back.
The company represents interestsBitcoin investor Danny Brewster suffered from the Mt. Gox. Addressing Wright’s representative Ontier LLP, they write: “You and your client are hereby notified that our client and many others who find themselves in a similar situation have an equity-based right to bitcoins located at 1Feex, to the extent not less and probably more than $ 17,500,000. Your client has legal and equity obligations to our client and others in connection with BTC on the mainnet and any forks of the bitcoin chain, including BCH, BCH ABC and BSV. “
Anderson Kill notes that it reserves the right to seek an asset freeze order, as well as sue Wright for misappropriation of property and on other grounds.
“Regardless of the above, if your client is not actually the owner of the bitcoins at the 1Feex address, our client will have fewer complaints against you and may be more inclined to agree on this matter. If your client does not own bitcoins at 1Feex and can confirm that he never controlled that address, please notify them that we can avoid unnecessary litigation, ”adds Anderson Kill.
Former CEO of Mt. Gox Mark Karpeles approved the actions of Brewster’s lawyers. “I have no doubt that these coins were stolen from Mt. Gox in 2011. This means that Wright’s attributed ownership of the address is invalid and some may call his claims fraudulent, ”Karpeles wrote.